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pivotal

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adjective piv·ot·al \ˈpi-və-təl\

Simple Definition of pivotal

  • : very important

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pivotal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or constituting a pivot

  2. 2 :  vitally important :  critical

pivotally

play \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of pivotal in a sentence

  1. She is at a pivotal point in her career.

  2. <the report was missing a pivotal piece of information>



1844

First Known Use of pivotal

1844



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